Wildcats hit the road at full force
Kevin Lisch. Pic: Getty Images

The Perth Wildcats will have a full-strength line-up for the first time this season when they visit Melbourne's Hisense Arena on Sunday, with Kevin Lisch and Brad Robbins cleared to take on the Tigers.

Lisch took another hit to his corked hip during the big win over Townsville last week and had a cortisone injection on Wednesday.

He was ordered to rest for two days, but is expected to train with the main group at the WA Basketball Centre this morning.

Robbins has trained strongly this week after missing the pre-season with a wrist injury.

Coach Rob Beveridge confirmed Robbins would make his comeback against Melbourne after overcoming the mental hurdles associated with returning from a long-term injury.

"He said he's ready to go and he's been training the house down," Beveridge said.

"This will be the first time this season we've got all 10 rostered guys on the floor, so it's very exciting."

The Wildcats will head to Melbourne tomorrow aiming for a third consecutive win. They face a struggling Tigers side that is yet to open its account for the season.

The Wildcats generally avoid setting targets to win a certain number of games, but their impressive early performances have led Beveridge to readjust his goals for the block of five away games starting the season.

"In my own personal opinion as a coach, I thought if we could get three out of five it would put us in a really good position," Beveridge said.

"But the way we're playing, it's not out of the question that we could do better than that."

The Wildcats beat Melbourne on the way to a third successive pre-season title last month but know they will have to withstand a physical barrage from the new-look Tigers if they are to extend their unbeaten streak.

In tonight's games, Townsville face a tough task to open their account away to reigning champions New Zealand and Cairns travel to Sydney looking to bounce back from last week's home defeat.

The West Australian

Popular videos

Compare & Save

Our Picks

Compare & Save

Follow Us

More from The West